MARCH 1989

As any factory operator knows, productivity suffers badly when shop-floor accidents cause lost work time. Can simple incentives encourage manufacturing employees to work safer? Melia Peavey thinks so. She encourages more careful work habits by setting up a daily game of bingo.

Here's how it works: Meridian, Miss.-based Peavey Electronics Inc. issues bingo cards to employees at each of its manufacturing plants. At the end of any day in which there has been no lost time due to accidents, a number is called over the PA system. Making bingo is worth a $100 U.S. savings bond.

"It works because it's so simple for employees to keep up with," says Peavey, the company's vice-president. "And it makes a nice close to the day."

Since the company introduced the game seven years ago, Peavey reports, the average lost time per employee due to on-the-job accidents has fallen by about 20%.